Honoré Sharrer “Claws Sheathed in Velvet”

Hirschl & Adler

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In today’s politically tense atmosphere, fueled by revelations of corruption, sexual misbehavior, class inequality, simmering racism, and Church reckonings, Honoré Sharrer is having a moment.

Dismissed at various times in her career as a “leftist,” a “housewife,” a “realist,” Sharrer is enjoying a reconsideration by artists, collectors, and curators alike. Linda Nochlin championed her in the final years of Sharrer’s lifetime. Since then, the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Seattle Art Museum, Washington; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; and others have delved into their basements to add examples of her work to their main galleries or themed exhibitions. Today’s fascination with under-recognized women artists, content-driven figuration (Lincoln Kirstein was a friend and supporter), and Surrealist undercurrents have led to an upwelling of affection for this artist.

The first large-scale institutional retrospective devoted to Honoré Sharrer was staged in 2017 at the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and the Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts. Hirschl & Adler is pleased to continue that momentum with a comprehensive exhibition of its own, bringing a body of her work to a New York audience for the first time in seventeen years. With forty paintings and works on paper from the 1970s through the 1990s, the exhibition will present the artist in her mature decades, at the height of her potency as a woman painter calling out the hypocrisy and conformity of patriarchal America. The accompanying catalogue will feature an original essay by contemporary artist Natalie Frank who compares Sharrer’s empowered point of view with her own uncompromising take on women’s agency in the 21stcentury. In so doing, Frank places Sharrer at the forefront of one of the most vital currents in contemporary art and culture.



from April 25, 2019 to June 07, 2019


Honoré Sharrer

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